SWOSU wins 2019 GAC Women's Basketball Championship
Updated: Jun 5, 2020
By Andikan Usanga
For The Southwestern
Southwestern Oklahoma State won the 2019 Great American Conference Women's Basketball Championship title by defeating Arkansas Tech 87-66 on Sunday from the Bruin Fieldhouse.
The Lady Bulldogs never trailed in the match in winning. They join the 2016-17 Harding Lady Bison squad that advanced to NCAA Division II Elite 8 as the only two GAC programs to win 30 games in a season.
Tyra Aska carried the Lady Bulldog attack scoring 25 points and 8-of-12 shooting. Shooting 4-for-5 from three's also grabbing 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Bethany Franks won the Tournament MVP honors after she averaged 12.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.7 steals during the weekend. She shot a team-leading 51.5 percent from the field.
This is the third title in eight years for the Lady Bulldogs drawing level with the Golden Suns for the most in GAC history. The win represented the first win in four tries for Southwestern Oklahoma State against Arkansas Tech at the GAC Championships.
SWOSU Women's Basketball used their automatic bid to the NCAA Division II National Tournament to claim the No. 2 seed in the Central Regional and a rematch with No. 7-seed Emporia State in the opening round, which will be played at Gross Memorial Coliseum in Hays, Kansas. The tournament bracket was announced on Sunday night during the Selection Show on NCAA.com. Emporia state are the only team to defeat the Lady Bulldogs, besting them 68-60 in early November.